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Battery life

Excellent performance.

Samsung's 7-incher lasted an excellent 8 hours and 42 minutes in our battery test. This means that the tab will endure a full 8 hour shift of normal usage, and will have enough juice in the tank to use on your way home.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
8h 42 min (Good)
Alcatel OneTouch POP 7
6h 4 min (Poor)

minutes Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
267
Alcatel OneTouch POP 7
179

Conclusion


With an accessible price of $199, the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 would have made for an excellent purchase if its performance didn't leave so much to be desired. It would be a far, wide stretch to disregard the tab as unusable, but it fails to deliver the buttery-smooth performance users expect from a 2014 Samsung device. Although the Tab 4 7.0 is remarkably well built, comfortable to hold, and with a sublime user interface, it simply isn't as seamless and pleasant to use like its biggest competitor, the Nexus 7 (2013). Additionally, for just $30 more, the Kindle Fire HDX offers much better performance, a high-resolution display, but trades Google's familiar services for those of Amazon's. However, the Tab 4 is a worthy upgrade from last year's Galaxy Tab 3 in each aspect.

If general sluggishness and mediocre gaming performance aren't deal-breakers for you, this 7-inch tab is great in all other regards. And who knows, perhaps Samsung will deliver an update to make it perform more admirably. After all, the Marvell PXA1088 with 1.5GB of RAM should pack enough power to turn any well-optimized 7-inch tablet into a smooth ride.

Pros

  • Excellent build and battery life
  • Pleasant user interface

Cons

  • Sluggish performancePoor display sunlight legibility

PhoneArena Rating:

6.0

User Rating:

9.5
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